Gustavo Dudamel

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, 26, spent 2007 captivating audiences and future collaborators on both coasts. Here, he leads the New York Philharmonic in November in his official debut as guest conductor. A few weeks earlier the Venezuelan's appearance with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra produced near-hysteria at Disney Hall, where he'll take over in 2009, succeeding Esa-Pekka Salonen as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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